Don’t Let Back and Chest Acne Ruin Your Summer

Don’t Let Back and Chest Acne Ruin Your Summer

Strappy sundresses, tank tops, and bathing suits are all a big part of summer. Is your skin ready for the clothes you want to wear, or will you have to keep it hidden under wraps? Most of my clients with chest acne also have something called folliculitis, which goes...
Bathroom Surgery (How To Pop A Pimple)

Bathroom Surgery (How To Pop A Pimple)

My clients are always asking if it’s okay to pop their own zits. I give them permission to pop, as long as it’s done correctly. Because, let’s face it–We both know that it’s just about impossible to leave a big, giant whitehead alone that is clearly...
The Acne Diaries: “How 3 Estheticians Fought Their Acne — & Won” on Refinery29

The Acne Diaries: “How 3 Estheticians Fought Their Acne — & Won” on Refinery29

Name: Alissa Chasen. Occupation: Esthetician, founder of POREspective skin clinic and products. The Acne Trigger: Going off birth control. What Finally Worked: Changing her diet, never picking, and finding a product cocktail that worked. “In high school, I...
Why Accutane Doesn’t Work

Why Accutane Doesn’t Work

Today Allure.com posted an article on the pros and cons of Accutane, but forgot the most important point: it doesn’t always work. I’ve seen clients who have been on Accutane up to 4 times who are still breaking out, and what seems to be happening is they...
Tips to Get Your Acne Under Control

Tips to Get Your Acne Under Control

Did you know there’s a whole lot more to getting clear than merely using the right products? Here’s helpful information from Alissa Chasen, the owner of POREspective, to getting your breakouts under control. Understanding Acne Acne is caused by a bunch of different...
Why POREspective™ is Better Than Proactiv® and Proactiv+

Why POREspective™ is Better Than Proactiv® and Proactiv+

Proactiv® is a three-part acne treatment kit that is sold on a subscription basis, and its major drawback is its one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne that locks people into auto-ship that they have reportedly had difficulty canceling. Most of the feedback we...
The Best and Worst Birth Control for Acne

The Best and Worst Birth Control for Acne

Birth control pills are widely used today as a means to control acne, but most pills can have the opposite effect and worsen it. Birth control can be divided into two main categories: those that are estrogen-dominant and those that are progesterone-dominant. As a...
A Lesson in Oral and Topical Acne Products

A Lesson in Oral and Topical Acne Products

Home Care and Lifestyle Changes A daily system of antibacterial and exfoliating products is needed to treat acne. True control means no physical sign of the disease shows in its active stage. Since acne is a treatable condition with no cure, most adult acne sufferers...
How To Stay Clear During (and After) Travel

How To Stay Clear During (and After) Travel

Before I became a licensed esthetician, I was a traveling dermatology sales rep, and I always packed skin care products to protect my skin from flying, changes in climate, and the poor air quality in hotel rooms. For those of you who will be traveling this summer, a...
The Benefits of Probiotics on Acne and Rosacea

The Benefits of Probiotics on Acne and Rosacea

Maintaining a balance between good and bad bacteria in the body has benefits beyond the digestive tract, it may also affect the health and appearance of acne and rosacea, researchers have found. Probiotics introduce healthy bacteria to the gut and create a barrier to...

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